The Jazz Spotlight With Harvey McKnight

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Join Harvey McKnight -the Jazz Warrior  each and every Sunday  11:AM to 3:PM EST.   WGVU 88.5 and 93.5 streaming Online at      WGVU FM 301 W.Fulton   Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

Jazz has been called America’s classical music, and for good reason. Along with the blues, its forefather, it is one of the first truly indigenous musics to develop in America, yet its unpredictable, risky ventures into improvisation gave it critical cache with scholars that the blues lacked. At the outset, jazz was dance music, performed by swinging big bands. Soon, the dance elements faded into the background and improvisation became the key element of the music. As the genre evolved, the music split into a number of different styles, from the speedy, hard-hitting rhythms of be-bop and the laid-back, mellow harmonies of cool jazz to the jittery, atonal forays of free jazz and the earthy grooves of soul jazz. What tied it all together was a foundation in the blues, a reliance on group interplay and unpredictable improvisation. Throughout the years, and in all the different styles, those are the qualities that defined jazz.

WGVU offers jazz programming nightly from 7PM until 5:PM

One thought on “The Jazz Spotlight With Harvey McKnight

  1. I have been listening to Harvey McKnight for several years now& have enjoyed his Jazz spotlight program on the radio. He brings true class to the airwaves.


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